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Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in Coyle SEPA News (Eileen)

Parade Information and other stuff

Parade Information and other stuff


Gonna be cold this weekend, so snuggle, snuggle, snuggle with your sweeties!!


MONDAY CLASS – We will be having class at Holy Martyrs on Monday, February 16.

Tuesday Class – PDT Studio – until further notice, Tuesday night class will be only for those dancers that are in Prize Winner (with more than 2 firsts) and our Championship dancers.

Class will begin at 6:30 and we will go till 8pm.​ ($10 extra class fee)​


​Wednesday Class – PDT Studio – until further notice, ​Wednesday night class will be only for those dancers that are in Prize Winner (with more than 2 firsts) and our Championship dancers.

Class will begin at 6:30 and we will go till 8​:30​pm.​ ($15 extra class fee)​


St Patrick’s Day Parade Practice – Saturday, March 7:

Parade Practice will be held at Riley and Sons moving facility.  Located at 9800 Ashton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.  For those of you that are not aware, the Fellowship House has been taken over by Conshohocken Borough.  We are not able to schedule any practices at that facility. We could hold practice at the PDT Studio, but most of you know what parking is like down there and the top studio is not big enough for all of us.  Tommy Riley had graciously offered his location.


Practice Time:

Dancers will practice from 9:30am – 2:30pm.

Younger beginner dancers can come at 12:30pm – ask if you are unsure about the time to have your child attend practice.

If your dancer is participating, it has to be in both parades. We only create one routine for both parades. You cannot choose one parade over the other. We understand if your child has a religious commitment the day of parade practice.  Just remind us and we will try to keep a spot open for him/her. 


***We do allow our young/beginner dancers to do only one parade if you feel it would be too much for your dancer.


***Dancers coming at 9am should have a bagged lunch. We will be practicing on a concrete floor so have your children in sneakers or dance sneakers.

***Parents you may drop and run . . . your children will be fine.


If you are a new parent or have not done the parades before and if you have a question on if you child can do the parade, just ask!!! We welcome all beginner dancers.

*If you don’t think your child can walk the parade, you are welcome to meet us along the way, just let us know you are doing this.

*If you do not have a wig, we can tell you how to curl the hair.

*All costume information is below.


Parade dates:

Saturday, March 14 – Montgomery Co AOH Division #1 Parade, Conshohocken

Sunday, March 15 – Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade, Philadelphia

***We participate in both parades and the dancers are expected to participate in both not just one.  If your child is interested in participating in the parades they need to attend parade practice.


All participants in the parade must wear the following:  I will be sending the used dress list out too.

  1. Coyle School Costume with black tights and black shoes, dance sneakers or other black shoes.


  1. Coyle School skirt and cape, white turtleneck and either a white sweater or white sweatshirt.  The sweater or sweater must be all white. Black tights and black shoes. If you do not have the Coyle beginner skirt, I will send the USED DRESS LIST. If you cannot find a beginner blue skirt the beginners this year will be able to wear a black skirt with the white turtleneck and either a white sweater or white sweatshirt (as stated above, the sweater MUST be all white).  Black tights and black shoes.
  2. Boys: black pants, dark turtle neck and an Irish Sweater. Black shoes.


GIRLS HAIR: Dancers must have their hair curled, in ringlets or dancers may choose to wear a wig.  If you need a wig, please let me know.

NO BUNS, PONYTAILS, or BANANA CLIPS PERMITTED. Dancers should have on the Coyle School headband with the school dress or a white ribbon or white headband if you are in the skirt and cape – NO TIARAS.  If there is inclement weather will we allow the girls to wear their hair in a ponytail with a white ribbon, no wigs.

If it is cold, dancers will be allowed to wear their coats till the last minute!

:  We ask that only the dads of our dancers march with us. Dads are to wear the same as our boy dancers: black slacks, dark turtle neck and a traditional Irish sweater. Our dads are in charge of security, bathrooms runs and coat removal.


As always, email your teacher with questions. We look forward to a great practice and a fun time at the parades!!!


Camden RiverSharks Irish Night:  Irish Heritage Night is officially scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2015.  This is a nice night out and the park isn’t that packed.  We have been doing this for about 5 years now.  Let me know if you are interested in participating.


Summer Camps:  Tentatively scheduled for the weeks of July 6 and July 13. As soon as we get that together, you will know.   Remember if your child would like to participate in the team/ceili/group dancing at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas in November they are required to attend at least one week of camp.



Big Apple Feis 2015

New Venue
Family Fee is for one adult entry. Additional adults will need to pay admission at the door.

Registration:  Feisweb
Sunday, March 22, 2015
New York, NY, US



Cold weather – Please make sure that each student has the proper clothing for dance class.  Jeans are not acceptable for class.  Please have them wear leggings or shorts under their sweatpants.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Inclement Weather – for weekday classes, if schools are closed or have early dismissal, there will be no classes held that night.  For Saturday classes, I will (1) send an email by 8:15am, (2) post a message on the Coyle School of Irish Dance – PA & NJ’s Facebook page and (3) post something on the Coyle School website home page.  Please Note:  I will not make phone calls.  Please check your email, the website, and/or Facebook page for any updated information regarding weather related cancellations.


Copybooks and homework:  Everyone still needs to bring their copybooks to class.  Writing down stuff that is said in class does help!  For the younger dancers, you are more than welcome to video the class.  As long as it is used for practice purposes and nothing else.  Your children are doing nicely, but in order to progress they really should practice alittle over the week.  I am not trying to drive anyone crazy and it isn’t a punishment.  When they dancers know their steps it really makes everyone’s learning experience fun.  They need to practice for about 5/10 minutes 2/3 or even 4 times a week.